MOUNT ORAB, Ohio — It was a difficult weekend, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort.
The Gallia Academy wrestling team placed 11th out of 18 teams Saturday at the highly-competitive 2014 Hammer and Anvil Invitational held on the campus of Western Brown High School in Brown County.
The Blue Devils had six grapplers finish in the top-six of their respective weight classes, which also included one individual champion at the event. GAHS finished the event with 132 team points, placing them ahead of Butler (130.5), Simon Kenton (128), Western Brown (120), Clinton-Massie (106.5), Goshen (56), New Richmond (37) and Valley View (9).
Campbell County (Ky) won the overall team title with 295.5 points, finishing well ahead of runner-up Lebanon and its 232.5 points. Franklin (188), New Lexington (176) and Hamilton (164) rounded out the top-five team placements.
GAHS junior Cole Tawney finished the weekend with a perfect 5-0 mark while capturing the individual crown in the 126-pound weight class. Tawney recorded two pinfall wins, two major decisions and a 1-0 decision over Quinn May of Lebanon in the championship match.
Jared Steven finished fourth overall with a 2-2 record at 106 pounds, while Griffon McKinniss and John Byus both placed fifth in their respective division. McKinniss went 3-2 overall in the 170-pound weight class, while Byus was 2-2 overall at 220 pounds.
Justin Reynolds and Hunter Jacks also came away with sixth-place efforts individually. Reynolds was 3-2 overall at 182 pounds, while Jacks went 2-2 in the 152 division. GAHS also had five grapplers go winless at the event.
Complete results of the 2014 Western Brown Hammer and Anvil Invitational are available on the web at baumspage.com